Originally Posted by joseyu
For thos of you who like to reformat their HD once in a while like I do, I have found a method to do it in under 1 hour. What I do is that I have an extra 40GB 2.5" HD in a USB2 enclosure, and after I do a fresh format and software installation, I use Ghost and clone the current HD into the USB drive. So that acts like a system disk backup. I also keep all my user files in 1 folder that I backup on to a DVD. So every 3 months, I just backup my userdata folder, quick format my HD, clone my USB HD back into the notebook and then copy the updated userdata folder back into the laptop. The whole process takes about an hour to do. And if the notebook HD ever fails, I can just insert my USB HD into it and be up and running again in no time. Just thought I can save some of you fellow frequent HD formatters some time.